Due Date: March 1, 2016

Information about applying


The Rotary Foundation aims to promote international understanding and help improve quality of life through funding fellowships that fund education and service in countries outside of the U.S. Global Grants Scholarships fund a year of study or research abroad (applicants must work toward a graduate degree) in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus (see below).

What It Funds

The Foundation offers several different scholarships, however our local area Rotary Clubs, through which Claremont Colleges students usually apply, sponsor only the Global Grants Scholarships. The award may be used in any country where Rotary Clubs are located (other than the U.S.) and provides $30,000 for tuition, fees, travel, and living expenses. Study must be in a field related to the fellow's long-term academic and professional plans. Candidates must specify the institution at which they plan to pursue their desired studies and gain acceptance to that institution by the final round of competition (in April).

As part of their fellowship application, applicants must explain how their graduate program and career align with one of the Rotary's six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students apply during their senior year, or as alumni. There are no age limits for application. Children and grandchildren of Rotarians are not eligible to apply. 

All Claremont College seniors are eligible to apply and may apply through Pomona’s process.

Selection Criteria

  • Excellent leadership skills and potential
  •  A proven record of success in his or her academic field or vocation
  •  A commitment to community service 
  • Well-defined and realistic goals 
  • Concrete ideas for advancing within his or her chosen field 
  • Sincerity about maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship period

How to Apply

Complete the Global Grant Scholarship Candidate Application Template and write a cover letter introducing yourself and explaining your goals for the scholarship. Send both the template and cover letter via email to Jennifer Locke at jennifer.locke@pomona.edu.


Claremont students with questions may email Karen Sapio from Rotary District 5300 at karensapio@gmail.com for more information.